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High Commissioner of Sri Lanka Marks 68th Independence Day in New Delhi

By Srimal Fernando, Global Editor, The Diplomatic Society.

Sri Lankan High Commissions and diplomatic missions abroad have continued celebrations to mark the Sri Lankan Independence Day which falls on February 4th every year. The High Commission of Sri Lanka in India celebrated the 68th Anniversary of Freedom Day with an elegant ceremony in the elegant garden at the official residence of the High Commissioner of Sri Lanka in New Delhi, India on 4th February 2016. On the occasion of the 68th Anniversary of Sri Lankas National day, the High Commissioner of Sri Lanka His Excellency Esala Weerakoon and Mrs Krishanti Weerakoon, together with the high commission staff welcomed guests to a grand outdoor luncheon.

Srimal Fernando (l) with H.E. Esala Weerakoon (r) High Commissioner, of Sri Lanka in India. 

After the arrival of the chief guest, the Indian Foreign Secretary Dr S. Jaishankar the Sri Lankan Indepence Day celebration commenced followed by the singing of the Sri Lankan national anthem “Sri Lanka Matha (Mother Lanka We Salute Thee)and the Indian anthem “Jana Gana Mana ” (Thou art the ruler of the minds of all people, dispenser of India's destiny).


L-R Srimal Fernando with H.E Ton Sinh Thanh Vietnam Ambassador to India, Mr Kapila Fonseka, Minister Sri Lanka High Commission India, His Excellency Ahmed Mohamed High Commissioner – Designate of Maldives to India and Madam Mrs Krishanthi Weerakoon wife of Sri Lankan High Commissioner

The afternoon reception was well attended. Among the guests were ambassadors, government officials, political and civil society members and members of the Indian and Sri Lanka business community, and the representatives of local and foreign media. It was a very enjoyable and a warm event with an opportunity to taste typical Sri Lankan and Indian cuisine. The High Commission held several cultural events to introduce traditional Sri Lankan culture on the occasion. Entertaining the guests were the traditional dancers of Kandyan, and  low country.

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